Amanda McGovern is lead counsel in matters that are complex, high-stakes, and often thought to be unwinnable, intractable, or just stuck.
Described by Chambers USA as a “phenomenal attorney” with “credibility to burn”; chosen among Lawdragon’s 500 Global Litigators, Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States, and ranked Band 1 in Chambers USA – Amanda’s litigation practice spans across the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Of late, Amanda was lead trial counsel in a jury trial seeking $600 billion dollars against her client Dr. Craig Wright, the self-professed creator of bitcoin, also known as Satoshi Nakamoto. Plaintiffs claimed that David Kleiman (Dr. Wright’s friend) was the co-inventor of Bitcoin and mined millions of bitcoins in partnership with Dr. Wright. After four years of litigation, four weeks of trial, and seven days of jury deliberation, in a case thought to be unwinnable, the jury rejected plaintiffs’ claims that Dave Kleiman was the co-inventor of the Bitcoin Blockchain or that Kleiman’s estate was entitled to the multibillion-dollar Satoshi Nakamoto fortune. A few months before the Wright trial, Amanda also tried an international arbitration in Spanish on behalf of a Guatemalan bank in which claimant seeks over $300 million against her client.
Ms. McGovern represented Morgan Stanley as co-lead defense counsel in various FINRA arbitrations in Miami and Puerto Rico involving failed investments in Puerto Rico bonds. She also represented Morgan Stanley and three associated financial advisors in a FINRA arbitration in which a Venezuelan investor sought millions of dollars of investment losses caused by speculative options trading. Ms. McGovern and her team presented a full-court aggressive defense during a final arbitration hearing that spanned several months in two separate sessions. The arbitration panel found that the allegations were “factually impossible” and that her clients’ testimony was “credible.” FINRA ultimately expunged the financial advisors’ records.
With a signature style that identifies the real reason behind the conflict at the initial phase of a dispute, Ms. McGovern implements a strategy acutely designed to achieve the client’s end game.
Miami-Dade FAWL, Speaker, Seventh Annual Leadership Summit, May 2022
The Litigation Room: Where it Happens Podcast, Speaker, Women, Lawyers & Mothers: A Message to our Children Part 2, December 2020
The Litigation Room: Where it Happens Podcast, Speaker, Women, Lawyers & Mothers: A Message to our Children, December 2020
The Litigation Room: Where it Happens Podcast, Speaker, Diversity and Inclusion: Why is D&I a game changer?, October 2020
The Litigation Room: Where it Happens Podcast, Speaker, Virtual Jury Trials: Can a trial court judge order a virtual civil jury trial?, August 2020
American Inns of Court (Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter), Bench & Bar Conference, Speaker, Bad Faith Fees in Insurance Litigation, March 2019.
American Bar Association (ABA) International Law Fall Conference-Latin America & Caribbean Committee, Moderator, “One Cuba Libre, Please”: Havana Club, Bacardi and the Cuban IP Conundrum, October 2017.
National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) 2017 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo, Presenter, CLE Session on Securities Arbitration in Action: A Mock Arbitration Hearing, September 2017.
American Bar Association Americas Forum (Bogotá), Speaker, Law and Technology: WhatsApp & Uber: Are Governments Being Left Behind?, November 2016.
American Bar Association Americas Forum (Bogotá), Speaker, The Cycle of M&A Transactions in Latin America– Doing the Deal, Regulatory Requirements and Post-Completion Risks Such as Expropriation, November 2016.
55th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, Speaker, The Ugly American: How Cultural Bias Impacts U.S. Businesses When Negotiating Abroad, May 2016.
Recognitions and Honors
Named in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Ranked in the 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation as “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States
Ranked in the 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” in International Arbitration
Recognized as Florida Legal Elite 2022 by Florida Trend Magazine (voted for by members of the Florida Bar)
Ranked in Chambers USA in General; Commercial Litigation (Florida) 2017 – present (Band 1)
Recognized by Lawdragon Global Litigation 500 for Global Litigation and Arbitration, 2021
Ranked in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation as “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States
Ranked in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star” in International Arbitration
Ranked in the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation as “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©: Litigation-Securities, 2018 Edition to present; Commercial Litigation, 2018 Edition to present; Corporate Law, 2018 Edition to present
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© “Women in the Law” Business Edition: Commercial Litigation, 2018 Edition to present; Corporate Law, 2019 Edition to present; Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2019 Edition to present
Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® as an AV-Preeminent Attorney
Selected to Florida Super Lawyers 2009 – 2011, and 2020 – present
Recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine as a Top Latino Lawyer, 2020
Discovery across the Globe: Obtaining Evidence Abroad to Support U.S. Proceedings, co-author of U.S. Chapter, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, January 2020
Diversity’s Paradigm Shift Makes for Better Law Firms, Daily Business Review, November 22, 2017
The Slants: Is This the Beginning of the End for Political Correctness, Daily Business Review, June 26, 2017
“She’s incredibly thorough and will know every detail of the case from the most minute fact to the most important point.” – Chambers USA 2021
“A phenomenal attorney.” – Chambers USA 2021
Amanda McGovern regularly handles complex litigation and arbitrations on behalf of a variety of clients. She has extensive experience in cross-border matters, particularly with Latin-American jurisdictions. “She is the kind of person you want on your team – incredibly thorough and a great writer,” comments one interviewee, while another says: “She is intelligent, even-keeled and a fierce advocate for her clients.” – Chambers USA 2020
Amanda McGovern offers impressive expertise in international litigation and arbitration, especially in matters relating to Latin America with one source praising her calm approach: “She doesn’t get rattled at all. She’s a very effective advocate.” – Chambers USA 2019
Amanda McGovern offers an impressive commercial dispute resolution practice, handling litigation and arbitration in South Florida and internationally. One impressed source avers: “She has credibility to burn and she is also quite deft at knowing when to use the hammer versus the glove in a way that maximizes her ability to persuade and negotiate.” – Chambers USA 2018
Amanda McGovern is highly regarded for her experience in bankruptcy disputes, shareholder derivative actions, and hedge fund litigation, among other areas. “She is a powerful presence in negotiations, and makes arguments forcefully while also looking for common ground.” – Chambers USA 2017